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October, 2012

  • Windows RT: Using the New (and BEST) Remote Desktop App

    Woody Walton     Windows RT devices have been on the shelf for only a few days with Microsoft’s very own Surface and the ASUS Vivo Tab RT gathering the most press by far.   If you are wanting information on Windows RT specifically...
  • Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner Have you looked at the Deduplication features in Windows Server 2012?  I thought it was just “enabled by default”, but it’s not.  We have a great article that talks about deduplication, but below are the high points of setting it...
  • SharePoint Online: How to Share a Site Externally and Invite External Users

    Woody Walton   I am presently sitting in a hotel in Chicago, having just finished presenting at a VAR summit downtown at our office in the AON Center.   It is always great to get in front of partners and hear what the word on the street...
  • More info on enhanced security in Windows 8 and trusted boot redux

    By Ron Grattopp …. You’ll hear us TS2 guys and others say the Windows 8 is “a better Windows 7 than Windows 7”.  One of the most important aspects of this is the improvements Windows 8 has made in the area of security.  I’ve made the case in...
  • Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365

    Tim Tetrick   I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire.   In addition, once the password...
  • Managing Windows 8 and Windows RT

    B  V  A With the anticipated release of Windows 8 and Windows RT, how are you going to manage all those devices?  Microsoft announced on Sept. 10th, 2012 upcoming solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager SP1 and Windows Intune...
  • Hurricane Sandy and Hyper-V Replica

    Rob Waggoner When we built Hyper-V Replica for Windows Server 2012, our goal was to provide a low cost and easy to use Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for our customers.  We’ve had a number of customers and partners setup Hyper-V Replica as a DR...
  • Now Available – Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 – The Quick and Essential Training for End-Users

    Josh Condie – For those of you who subscribe to the weekly Technet Newsletter, you may have already seen this.  For those of you who don’t, or may not have reviewed the entire newsletter, this resource is worth calling out.  The Work Smart Guide...
  • Free Preview Windows Azure Online Backup

    B  V  A As we get ready for Launch of some of our major flagship products, obviously I am very excited, but one of the changes coming to our Windows Azure cloud services as a benefit of the new launch products has me pretty giddy.  SEAMLESS...
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials–RTM’s and available Nov. 1st

    B  V  A Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that...
  • Deploying the “New” Office 365 ProPlus

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Over the past few weeks, I have been putting together an SMB demo experience. As I was looking into various ways of deploying the new version of Office 365 Professional Plus, I stumbled upon the “Office...
  • Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB

      Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365 .  You can use...
  • Fall 2012 Promotions: Big Easy 9 and Cloud Easy Re-launch

    If you haven’t been keeping up with the current promotion announcements – don’t let these two pass you by! Microsoft has just announced the fall lineup of subsidy rebate promotions for customers: Big Easy 9 Cloud Easy Re-launch Q: What is a Subsidy Rebate...
  • Hosting Your Own Windows 8 Event

    Q: (from Bill) I’ve got a Windows 8 sneak preview event next Thursday.  I’m starting to build up my presentation / demo.  Any topic suggestions?   A: First off, are you aware of Diane Golshan’s blog on Windows 8 Partner Readiness Resources...
  • 4 More Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshows Left!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- If you are in one of the following cities, don’t miss the opportunity to hear about Windows Server 2012 straight from the mouths of our MVPs! Denver Monday, November 12, 2012 8:00 AM-12:00PM Mountain Houston...
  • One Tablet to Rule Them All

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious!” As I do more and more demos with my Windows 8 tablet, I literally hear these words coming from the audience. This slide sums it all up: I always start...
  • Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced...